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Alex

Alex has rented in Minneapolis, Queens, Brooklyn, and now Chicago. He can kill rodents and roaches when required, and loves picture-hanging projects. If you're ever in town, give him a shout.
How to Check Out Your Potential Landlord
How to Check Out Your Potential Landlord

How to Check Out Your Potential Landlord

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A landlord can single-handedly make or break a living situation – and yet many people don’t bother to check out their landlord before signing a lease. Imagine if your apartment was broken into, and no one came by to put up a new door. Or if your refrigerator went kaput one month into the lease…
The Neighbor’s Loud Party: Some Advice
The Neighbor’s Loud Party: Some Advice

The Neighbor’s Loud Party: Some Advice

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Sometimes neighbors are great. Sometimes neighbors stink. But the fact remains that you’re going to have to deal with them, one way or the other. Never is this more apparent than when your neighbor throws a loud party next door, on the very night you were planning on a quiet bath and some reading. Our…
How to Have a Stoop Sale
How to Have a Stoop Sale

How to Have a Stoop Sale

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It’s summer, you’re short on cash, and you need to clean out the junk in your apartment. Why not have a stoop sale? It’s not a bad idea. First, though, remember that there’s a fundamental tension in a stoop sale: you’re trying to get rid of stuff you don’t want – and yet you’re hoping…
Keep Your Summer Electric Bill Down
Keep Your Summer Electric Bill Down

Keep Your Summer Electric Bill Down

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We’re in the throes of summer, so it can get hot – and for many people, that means a very, very high electric bill, since they’re spending mad money on the ol’ AC. But it doesn’t have to be that way – while your bill will probably go up no matter what you do, here…
Tips for Hassle-Free Splitting of Bills with Roommates
Tips for Hassle-Free Splitting of Bills with Roommates

Tips for Hassle-Free Splitting of Bills with Roommates

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You know how it goes. One roommate has the cable bill in his name. Another roommate has his name on the electricity and heat. And you’re the one that mails in the rent check. And then there’s groceries, which you try to trade off on, but it may just be that you’ve footed the bill…
What’s Your Landlord’s Responsibility? And What’s Yours?
What’s Your Landlord’s Responsibility? And What’s Yours?

What’s Your Landlord’s Responsibility? And What’s Yours?

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When you first move into an apartment, you might be a bit confused. Who takes care of what? Is it your problem if the refrigerator breaks? Or is it the landlord’s problem? If the toilet runs, do you need to fix it? Does it matter? If you’re new to the apartment world, these are common…
Do You Need A Broker To Find A Rental?
Do You Need A Broker To Find A Rental?

Do You Need A Broker To Find A Rental?

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Do you need to use a broker to find a decent place to live? It may seem to many of our readers that if you use a broker to find an apartment, you’re wasting your money, or you’re spoiled and not a “real” apartment hunter. In fact, I felt that way, too – until I used…
Is Dating Your Roommate Ever A Good Idea?
Is Dating Your Roommate Ever A Good Idea?

Is Dating Your Roommate Ever A Good Idea?

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So here’s the thing: people write us with all sorts of scenarios, often involving their roommates, their roommates’ significant others, and general relationships-when-you’re-living-in-an-apartment type questions. It’s a hot-button issue for us. Seriously. If you don’t believe me, check out the comments on our article about a roommate’s girlfriend. Relationships can cause problems. It’s par for…
Rating The Best Apartment Hunting Apps
Rating The Best Apartment Hunting Apps

Rating The Best Apartment Hunting Apps

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We live in a mobile world. There’s no denying it. The trouble is, there are so many apps, it’s often overwhelming … and difficult to find one that doesn’t crash every ten minutes. So, after some consideration, we decided enough is enough: it’s time for us to list some of the best apartment-finding apps available.…
Furnishing an Apartment for under $2,000
Furnishing an Apartment for under $2,000

Furnishing an Apartment for under $2,000

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A month ago, we reviewed what to do if you need to furnish your apartment in $500 or less. Today, we’ll touch on suggestions if your budget’s a little bit larger – basically under $2,000. Which, when you consider our most recent first apartment checklist, isn’t so outlandish … after all, there’s a lot of…